Wildflower Hall’s exotic surroundings make the resort’s comforts—butler service and high tea at 4 p.m.—all the more inviting.
A working sheep farm for more than 150 years, Wharekauhau (pronounced Forry-ko-ho) spans a 16-mile stretch on North Island’s southeast coast. Despite its size, the estate feels intimate.
Set on a forested hill above the city, Uma Paro’s tiered roofs and intricate window treatments and woodwork mimic the ancient monastery Drukgyel Dzong.
Anchored by a mansion that has been refurbished in a modern Asian style, the seven-acre estate includes a swimming pool, a pool house, and a beach and dock on the river.
A canopied boat ferries guests across the lake to the resort, which, in the style of a Rajasthani palace, features soaring pavilions, thick wooden and brass doors, and giant cupolas inlaid with la
Paratiho’s hub is a palatial main lodge with a spa, lounge, and library inside and a croquet lawn, putting green, and infinity pool outside.